West Coast training notes: Nic Naitanui, Eagles take it easy after Richmond defeat

Samantha RogersThe West Australian
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West Coast Eagles have had a light training session at Laithlain Oval following their loss to Richmond in Melbourne on Sunday.
Camera IconWest Coast Eagles have had a light training session at Laithlain Oval following their loss to Richmond in Melbourne on Sunday. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

LIGHT SESSION

Most of the players who faced Richmond trained at Mineral Resources Park on Monday but only for around 15 minutes.

Nic Naitanui appeared unscathed after an impressive return but there was no sign of captain Luke Shuey after one of his best games in recent years.

Veteran Josh Kennedy, who was rested against the Tigers, did not train ahead of the Eagles clash with his old side, Carlton, on Sunday.

West Coast Eagles do a light training session at Laithlain Oval following their loss to Richmond in Melbourne on Sunday. Newly returned Nic Naitanui. Kelsey Reid
Camera IconWest Coast Eagles do a light training session at Laithlain Oval following their loss to Richmond in Melbourne on Sunday. Newly returned Nic Naitanui. Kelsey Reid Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Inactive trio Oscar Allen, Tom Cole and Campbell Chesser were joined in the rehab group by midfielder Connor West.

West played in the loss to Richmond but was a notable new member of the small contingent, along with Hugh Dixon, Luke Foley and Tom Joyce.

Forward Liam Ryan also took it easy at training and wore strapping around his lower right leg.

Forward Liam Ryan wore strapping around his lower right leg.
Camera IconForward Liam Ryan wore strapping around his lower right leg. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

GETTING SOME MINUTES

While most of the best 22 called it a day early, the rest of the fit and available squad stayed out on the track.

Mature-age recruit Greg Clark and mid-season pick-up Jai Culley, as well as developing ruckman Callum Jamieson were among the Eagles to have an extended session, coming off a bye round in the WAFL over the weekend.

Also in that group was small forward Zac Langdon, who could be available as soon as this weekend after recovering from an ankle injury.

Jai Culley put in valuable minutes on the track.
Camera IconJai Culley put in valuable minutes on the track. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

CALLING SIMMO

Adam Simpson emerged from the building at Eagles HQ about 20 minutes into the session, when most players had returned to the shed.

The 2018 premiership coach took a phone call while on the ground and had short conversations with coaches and trainers, before joining the majority group on the artificial grass inside.

Adam Simpson.
Camera IconAdam Simpson. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

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